‘Breaking Unhealthy Süleyman’ debate: Turkey’s drug image

WALL – CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s accusation of Inside Minister Süleyman Soylu as ‘Breaking Unhealthy Süleyman’ introduced up the allegations concerning drug smuggling in Turkey once more.

In keeping with reviews, regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, cocaine manufacturing and smuggling elevated on the planet and in Turkey. With the manufacturing of 1982 tons of cocaine in 2020, 1424 tons of cocaine had been seized globally, a rise of 4.5 p.c in comparison with 2019.

The 2022 Turkey Drug Report of the Division of Combating Narcotic Crimes contains the willpower that Turkey is each a vacation spot and a transit route for medication.


According to the news of Artı Gerçek, Cocaine, which is obtained from the leaves of the plant known as Erythroxylon Coca, which has a stimulating impact on the nervous system and grows in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, passes to Europe, probably the most vital markets, by nations together with Turkey. In keeping with the data within the report, 83 p.c of the worldwide quantity of cocaine seizures in 2019 was seized within the Continental America, principally in South America. Throughout these years, the quantity of cocaine seizures in South America elevated by 5 p.c to 755 tons, the very best quantity up to now.


In Turkey, drug seizures principally befell in ports, particularly in Mersin. Lastly, Inside Minister Süleyman Soylu introduced that 242 kilograms of cocaine was seized on a industrial ship in Tekirdağ Port on July 31, 2022.


Emphasizing that report quantities of cocaine have been seized yearly in Europe, particularly at sea ports, since 2017, the Police report included the next:

“In 2020, 214.6 tons of cocaine, the very best quantity ever, was seized by EU nations, Turkey and Norway. Cocaine seized in three EU nations (Belgium 70 tons, Netherlands 49 tons and Spain 37 tons) 73 p.c of the overall cocaine seized throughout Europe As well as, massive portions of cocaine had been seized in Italy (13.4 tons), France (13.1 tons), Germany (11 tons) and Portugal (10 tons).

Cocaine seizures had been additionally carried out by the Japanese European nations, Greece (1.8 tons), Bulgaria (1 tons), Poland (3.9 tons), and Turkey (2 tons), which aren’t historically related to cocaine smuggling and use. This will likely point out an elevated variety of factors the place cocaine shipments enter Europe. Cocaine seizures carried out by nations bordering the Mediterranean and Black Seas may be thought-about as one other indicator of this.”


In 2021, 2,961 cocaine incidents befell in Turkey. In these occasions, 4 thousand 714 suspects had been caught and a couple of thousand 841 kilograms of cocaine had been seized. Within the report, it was underlined that this determine is the very best quantity up to now, and mentioned:

“These figures present that Turkey is likely one of the vital actors of unlawful commerce fairly than use or sale within the home market. The quantity of cocaine seized in 2021 elevated by 44.9 p.c in comparison with the earlier yr, whereas the variety of incidents elevated by 15.1 p.c and the variety of suspects by solely 6 p.c. This improve reveals that Turkey is a crucial hall for cocaine.”


Inside Minister Süleyman Soylu, in his assertion on October 6, 2022, mentioned that the variety of immediately associated drug-related deaths, which was 941, decreased to 270 by the tip of 2021.

Stating that the variety of these sentenced to jail for drug dealing and use in Turkey was 35 thousand on July 15, 2016, the quantity has now risen to over 115 thousand, Soylu mentioned:

“If Turkey had not put forth this battle with all of the models of the state, it could be confronted with the state of affairs Europe is dealing with right this moment. The loss of life fee from medication in European nations is 28 per million. In our case, it’s 3.7-3.8 per million. That’s, virtually one-tenth of them in our nation. Once more, in European nations, this fee is 28 p.c. Our largest benefit is 3.1 p.c of once-in-a-lifetime drug customers.


“Previously, 75 p.c of the medication that entered us from the east had been caught within the west. For instance, in Istanbul, Kocaeli, Izmir, Sakarya, Bolu, they had been caught right here. After July 15, based on the idea put ahead by our President, 74-75 p.c of the medication had been seized as quickly as they entered Turkey. We catch it in three provinces: Hakkari, Van, Ağrı. Really, it’s not solely the place medication are used, smoked or made in Turkey, but additionally stopping their entry into Turkey. The largest success is after all altering its route. How does Turkey deal with this impediment in drug shipments within the east? He modified course.


The drug has three routes in our surroundings. The northern route, that’s, the route by Russia. A route, which we name the Balkan route, is a route that comes over us and goes by the Balkans. There’s additionally a 3rd route, which we name the Mediterranean route. For instance, we caught 14-15 tons of heroin in 2019 and 20-22 tons of heroin in 2020 and 2021. The quantity of heroin we now have seized to date (yr 2022) is 7-7.5 tons. As a result of a big a part of the route goes to Spain, Italy and different nations through the Mediterranean. Heroin seizures at the moment are greater than in earlier years, and this yr it has began to be on the Mediterranean route.”

Regardless of these statements of Inside Minister Süleyman Soylu, who first instructed the police on January 3, 2018 to “Break the toes of drug sellers” after which repeated this now and again, it’s claimed that drug smuggling has elevated with the institution of mafia teams from numerous nations in Turkey in recent times.

Journalist Timur Soykan, creator of Birgün, talked in regards to the rising mafia showdowns in Turkey.Anatomy of a mob murder“We’re all on the tip of the gun when Azerbaijani, Russian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Georgian, Chechen and Serbian mafia teams are clashing in procuring malls, streets and avenues,” he wrote.


Many allegations got here to the fore with Sedat Peker’s statements on this problem. Peker mentioned within the seventh video he revealed on Could 23, 2021:

“The cocaine first got here by Colombia. The US DEA (Drug Management Company) could be very efficient there, and once they realized that they may not flip the system there, they made a brand new route examine. There isn’t a DEA management in Venezuela, it is extremely straightforward to switch cocaine from Colombia to this nation. Items coming from there Turkey It’s mentioned that it’ll Europe through the route, no, low cost cocaine in Europe is dear right here, the Center East is the place it’s the costliest. Syria’s Latakia Port can also be not beneath DEA’s management. Who went to Venezuela to ascertain a brand new route after 4 tons of 900 kilos of cocaine had been seized? “Erkam Yıldırım, son of our former president Binali Yıldırım… After that items had been seized, he left initially of this yr, in February, for 4 days. There’s Caracas (Caracas) Port, Venezuela’s largest port, from there dry cargo ships on to Turkey.” can come, however container ships can cease on Dominik and proceed that manner.


Now catches will improve on Dominica, as a result of that is the brand new route. I mentioned that our port is essential (Yalıkavak marina), everybody mentioned that ships can not enter there. I mentioned, “Will the ship enter?” After coming into Turkey, 500 kilos, 1 ton of cocaine is dispersed in that manner by yachts that make an extended journey of 30-35 meters. Particularly, however additionally it is accomplished by Syria Latakia. How is the cash visitors now? Cyprus, Halil Falyalı, all cash visitors returns from right here. The particular person known as Halil Falyalı, the person who had nothing 20 years in the past, is now the proprietor of Cyprus. Halil Falyalı has 10 recordsdata in Turkey, why do not you convey Halil Falyalı to Turkey. All unlawful betting goes by it, it is in authorities official reviews. He needs to purchase DEA, and he cannot, due to his drug enterprise, different nations need to purchase it. Erkam Yıldırım-Halil Falyalı, we are going to come to the drug enterprise quickly… When Erkam Yıldırım goes to Cyprus, he’s a visitor of Halil Falyalı both in his resort or in his on line casino. I don’t assume that Binali Bey is in such a company. However the tapes they shot about Erkam Yıldırım at first had been bribery, not playing tapes. The best way cocaine involves Turkey, the entire group is like this. Why cannot cocaine be caught, it isn’t immediately associated to Erkan Yıldırım’s ship, different ships are coordinating.


So the place is Mehmet Agar on this group, proper within the center? Take a look at the friendship of Erkan Yıldırım, Süleyman Soylu. Take a look at the friendship between Erkan Yıldırım and Süleyman Soylu on these points. 5 tons of cocaine was seized, there was a illness (corona), so I couldn’t ship the police (Süleyman Soylu), he says. 5 tons of cocaine, take the non-public aircraft, one from Turkey. There isn’t a want for that, pricey prosecutors, do not trouble, I am going to have it written: To be despatched to the related authority, by the Ministry of Justice, to the related authority of the Ministry of International Affairs of Colombia by the Ministry of International Affairs. That is the place the ship will arrive, we request you to ship the data paperwork concerning this matter instantly…”


“In Could 2021, 616 packages of cocaine hidden in banana bins had been seized in a container within the Central American nation of Panama, the vacation spot level of which is Mersin Port. One of many ports identified by Sedat Peker, Mersin Port from Ecuador on July 5, 2021. One other 463 kilos of cocaine was seized in the course of the search carried out within the containers loaded with bananas delivered to Turkey.

On 16 June, 1 ton 300 kilograms of cocaine, hidden in banana parcels, was seized on a Liberian-flagged ship from Ecuador, which was caught in Mersin Port. This determine was the very best quantity of medicine seized in Turkey to date.